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Peninsula Broker Breakfast May 4

blue box with white and yellow textApril 25, 2016 - The next Silicon Valley EDA Broker Breakfast will be held May 4 in San Mateo and will feature our Peninsula members presenting all the latest news on development activity in their cities, including Foster City, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Redwood City, South San Francisco and San Mateo.

The event, which includes continental breakfast and networking, is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Avenue, San Mateo.

Register here.

Joint Venture celebrates Santa Clara EV charging center opening

people standing behind ribbon as it is cut by one personApril 20, 2016 - Joint Venture joined with Santa Clara leaders and electric vehicle (EV) industry officials today to celebrate the opening of the Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center, the largest public multi-standard electric vehicle charging facility in California. Located at the Tasman Parking Garage near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park, the center features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger.

Joint Venture’s climate and sustainability initiatives played a key role in convening the partners for the project, including Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), ChargePoint and MJR Electric.  

Read the complete news release.

Institute update: Peninsula economy surge is straining housing

white and burdundy coverApril 6, 2016 – Five years of explosive job growth on the San Francisco Peninsula has dropped unemployment to 3.9 percent but created a critical housing shortage, Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

A new brief from the Institute shows that San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties added 350,000 jobs since 2010, bringing 220,000 new residents to the Peninsula, but rising rents and home prices have left a shortage of 40,000 to 65,000 housing units in the region.

Read the complete update.

Read the Mercury News article. 

Joint Venture board endorses 9-county S.F. Bay Measure AA

green and blue logoApril 19, 2016 – Yes on Measure AA! Joint Venture heartily endorses Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program on the June 7 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties.

Measure AA creates a $12 annual parcel tax to fund a variety of shoreline protection and restoration measures. It is anticipated that 15,000 acres of wetlands can be restored with proceeds from the measure, which will also fund trails and similar multi-benefit improvements.

Learn more about Measure AA.

Read the news release.

Monthly Investors Council Spotlight

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Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. The Investors Council currently includes more than 100 private organizations, 56 public entities and 13 foundations.

Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org?

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2016 Silicon Valley Index.


What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

Contact Us

Joint Venture Silicon Valley
100 West San Fernando Street
Suite 310
San Jose, CA 95113 (View Map)

(408) 298-9330

Come Visit Us!

Location & Entrances

100 West San Fernando Street is on the south side of City View Plaza in downtown San Jose, between Almaden Boulevard and South Market Street.

There are entrances on West San Fernando Street and from the center courtyard of City View Plaza.

Parking

Parking in the building is accessible by entering the parking garage on West San Fernando Street, Park Avenue, or Almaden Boulevard.

Please be advised the garage is frequently filled to capacity early in the day and finding an open spot can be quite difficult. Further, the rates are expensive and, regrettably, Joint Venture is unable to provide parking validation or discounts.

Additional public parking is located on the surrounding streets and in several indoor public-parking structures in the vicinity marked by neon signs indicating the location and number of parking spots available.

We encourage your use of public transportation:

VTA Light Rail and Buses – Our building is served by VTA Light Rail along First Street and by VTA Bus routes 22, 23, 63, 64, 65 and 81.

CalTrain and Amtrak – CalTrain and Amtrak passengers may disembark at the San Jose Stations across from the HP Pavilion and walk east on West San Fernando.

If you choose to drive:

From the South Bay:
Take U.S. 101 North to Highway 85 North to Highway 87 North (Guadalupe Parkway)
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the North Bay:
Take U.S. 101 South to Highway 87 South (Guadalupe Parkway)
Take exit 6B for West Julian Street toward St. James Street
Turn left on St. James to Market Street
Turn right on Market to West San Fernando
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the Peninsula:
Take Interstate 280 South to Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the East Bay:
Take Interstate 880 South
Take exit at North First Street toward Downtown
Turn right on North Julian Street
Turn left on North Market Street
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the West Valley:
Take Interstate 17 North/880 North to Interstate 280 South
Exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

In The News

May 2, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - One-third of Bay Area Residents Hope to Leave Soon, Poll Finds: "'The economic divide in the Bay Area is real,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 28, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Residents Wary of New Housing Development: "'NIMBY is alive and well, and maybe stronger than ever,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley..." More

April 25, 2016 - (Cleantechnica.com) - Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center the Largest in California: "Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric. More

April 23, 2016 - (Motherboard) - Silicon Valley Girls: Growing Up Female Among the Bay Area's Elite: “Poverty rates among school aged children are generally highest in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties and along the I-80 east west corridor, a research brief from the the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reports." More

April 22, 2016 - (KRON-TV) - Santa Clara Opens Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Center in CA: "Officials from Silicon Valley Power, the Electric Power Research Institute, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric, together obtained a $393,000 grant that paid for the construction and equipment for the station." More.

April 21, 2016 - (NGT News) - California's Largest EV Charging Station Opens: "Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint and MJR Electric..." More

April 20, 2016 - (InsideEVs.com) - Plug In, Drive Out: Largest Public EV Charging Center in California Opens in Santa Clara: “Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint and MJR Electric..." More

April 19, 2016 - (Workpermit.com) - US H-1B Visa Cap Reached Within Seven Days: "According to the San Jose Mercury News, with reference to data from Joint Venture Silicon Valley – a group that dealt with a number of the issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy – foreign workers account for the majority of jobs held across several sectors of the region's economy..." More.

April 10, 2016 - (Wall Street Journal) - Tech Companies Help Women Get Back to Work: "The unemployment rate in Silicon Valley is less than 4%, lower than the California and national rates, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

April 8, 2016 - (KLIV) - Job Growth a Challenge for Silicon Valley: "While the tech economy has created a job boom in Silicon Valley, that boom has created challenges that a new report commissioned by Joint Venture Silicon Valley warns could slow growth for the next couple of years." More.

April 7, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley Job Boom Unleashes Challenges That Could Choke Growth: "'This is good news, but in this cases, good news creates challenges,' said Stephen Levy, director of the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, which prepared the study for Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

April 2, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - H-1B Visa Application Window Opens, Silicon Valley at Center of Debate: "'Silicon Valley is a microcosm of the world, it always has been that way,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'Silicon Valley is deeply committed to the notion of meritocracy. It is built on the idea of the best people getting the best jobs.'" More.

March 26, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Apple Expansion 'Game-changer' for Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale: "'This is much like Florence during the Renaissance,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'The trend today is the creation of campuses that are innovative and reflect Silicon Valley's innovation.'" More

March 25, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Food Rescue Forum at San Jose State to Address Continued Hunger in Silicon Valley: "'There are many people living here, side by side with us who prosper, who don't know where their next meal is coming from,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, one of the driving forces behind the forum. More.